Material was donated by Zoa Sherburne from 1972-1974.
Noncirculating; available for research.
The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.
Zoa Sherburne was born on September 30, 1912 in Seattle, Washington. She began writing poetry at the age of ten and continued to write plays, poems, and short stories. She enrolled in a writing school after winning a poetry contest and then focused on writing short stories. In 1957, she taught and lectured on short stories and writing a the Cornish School on Allied Arts in Seattle. She has contributed over three hundred short stories, articles, and poems to children's periodicals.
Due to the popularity of television in the 1950's, she noticed a decrease in the number of periodicals printing short stories, so she turned to writing books. Ms. Sherburne is most noted for her young adult fiction, in which she has dealt with subjects such as mental illness, alcoholic parents, eating disorders, and drug addiction. She has tailored her writing for girls and usually likes to add historical or Gothic sub- themes to the plots.
The collection contains typescripts, correspondence, galleys, proofs, and blues. The titles are arranged in alphabetical order. Within each title, the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title as well.
All five of the books in the collection are about girls who face difficult problems or situations in their lives. The earliest book in the collection, Stranger in the House (1963) is about a girl named Kathleen whose mother comes home from an eight year stay in a mental institution. This book was later adapted for television in December, 1992 for a CBS film called Memories Never Die, starring Lindsey Wagner. There is a typescript for this title.
In Leslie (1972), a girl is involved in a hit and run accident after smoking marijuana for the first time. Ruth Ann struggles with the idea that her father might remarry someone she can not get along with in Girl in the Mirror (1966). Both of these titles have typescripts and galleys. There is also a dummy proof and a dust jacket for Girl in the Mirror.
The last two books in the collection have fantastic or supernatural themes. In The Girl Who Knew Tomorrow (1970), Angie realizes that she has ESP and struggles with the problems it creates for her. There are typescripts, galleys, reproduction proofs, and blues. Sixteen year-old Katie has epilepsy and travels back in time during one of her seizures in Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? (1974) There are typescripts, research materials, galleys, and correspondence for this title.
A. BooksGirl in the Mirror by Zoa Sherburne (New York: Morrow, 1966). 1/1 Partial typescript, early draft, chapters 2-6. 1/2-1/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/2 Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-51. 1/3 Chapters 4-6, pp. 52-101. 1/4 Chapters 7-9, pp. 102-147. 1/5-1/6 Galleys, 1/5 3 November 1965, chapters 1-9, 56 pp. 1/6 8 March 1966, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-187. 1/7 Dummy proof of front matter, 1 item. 1/8 Dust jacket, 1 item. The Girl Who Knew Tomorrow by Zoa Sherburne (New York: Morrow, 1970). 2/1 Partial typescripts, various drafts, 6 versions. 2/2-2/3 Typescript, carbon copy, 2/2 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-82. 2/3 Chapters 6-11, pp. 83-160. 2/4 Typescript of front matter, edited with typesetter's marks, 5 pp. 2/5-2/6 Galleys, two sets, 2/5 Chapters 1-11, pp. 7-56. 2/6 Chapters 1-11, pp. 7-56. 3/1 Proofs, "repros;" chapters 1-11, pp. 1-190. 3/2 Blues, chapters 1-11, pp. 1-190. Leslie by Zoa Sherburne (New York: Morrow, 1972). 3/3 Typescript, early draft, chapters 8-11, 32 pp. 3/4-3/5 Typescript, carbon copy, 3/4 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-90. 3/5 Chapters 7-11, pp. 91-152. 3/6-3/7 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 3/6 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-65. 3/7 Chapters 6-10, pp. 66-124. 4/1 Typescript of front matter, edited with typesetter's marks, 6 pp. 4/2 Galley, chapters 1-10, 49 pp. Stranger in the House by Zoa Sherburne (New York: Morrow, 1963). 4/3-4/4 Typescript, carbon copy, edited with typesetter's marks, 4/3 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-64. 4/4 Chapters 7-11, pp. 65-125. Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? by Zoa Sherburne (New York: Morrow, 1974). 4/5 Correspondence, 1973-1974, n.d., 5 items. 4/6 Research materials about epilepsy, 8 pp. 4/7-4/9 Typescript, carbon copy, edited with typesetter's marks, 4/7 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-49. 4/8 Chapters 5-8, pp. 50-105. 4/9 Chapters 9-11, pp. 106-148. 5/1 Typescript of front matter, edited with typesetter's marks, 4 pp. 5/2-5/3 Galleys, 5/2 2 November 1973; chapters 1-11, pp. 1-192. 5/3 7 December 1973; chapters 1-11, pp. 1-192.
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